The seismic network recorded three volcano tectonic earthquakes this week.
Six traverses were done using the boat traverse method to measure SO2 flux values on 29th August. The average flux measured was 177 t/d.
The smell of gas was reported in northern parts of the island on Wednesday, 28th August. This was due to a southerly wind blowing the gas plume to the north. It does not represent a change in activity.
Pyroclastic flows can occur at any time without warning on any side of the volcano, including Gages from where they can travel rapidly into Plymouth. Tracks across the Belham Valley can be destroyed or heavily modified by flash flooding or lahars, and caution should be exercised when crossing the valley during and after rainfall.
The Hazard Level is 1. There is no public access to Zone V, including Plymouth. Maritime Zones E and W are daytime transit only between sunrise and sunset (boats may sail through the zone but must not stop). Anyone who ignores these restrictions is liable to be prosecuted.
Please continue to monitor DMCA ’s facebook page -Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency -DMCA, twitter – https://twitter.com/DMCA_MONTSERRAT and our website – www.dmca.gov.ms and ZJB Radio Montserrat for regular updates.
SOURCE: MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO)
Adam J. Stinton Acting Director